TAPAS Call To artists

TAPAS artist Cleaster Cotton working with 4th grade students at Hall Fletcher Elementary School

TAPAS artist Cleaster Cotton working with 4th grade students at Hall Fletcher Elementary School


Call to Artists- Request for Applicants

The Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) is requesting applications from Asheville area artists for an arts-integration program entering its 9th year.

TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) is a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation to implement high quality artist residencies, promote and communicate the work of local artists, and meaningfully integrate visual and craft arts, performing and creative writing experiences into core curriculum in preschool–12th grade classrooms in the Asheville City Schools.

TAPAS artists implement residencies in Asheville City Schools for pre-k through 12th grades. Residencies are generally 3-10 days long depending on the complexity of the project. The application for residency includes designing your own residency concept based on your artistry for a specific age group and curriculum focus. A limited number of concepts are accepted during two cycles each year. Chosen residencies are added to a catalog for teachers to choose from. The artist and teacher(s) are then expected to meet and refine the residency to suit the specific needs of the classroom(s). We are looking for high impact of students and unique connections between creative arts and classroom curriculum.  Instructions for applying are at the end of this document.

TAPAS is committed to ensuring that students receive culturally expansive as well as artistic experiences. We are currently offering preference to artists of color. Studies show, when students of color have teachers that look like them and come from similar backgrounds, they are more engaged in school, perform better on tests and homework, and attend school more consistently. In a 2016 brief by the Department of Education, Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. stated while speaking at Howard University that “We have strong evidence that students of color benefit from having teachers and leaders who look like them as role models and also benefit from the classroom dynamics that diversity creates. But it is also important for our white students to see teachers of color in leadership roles in their classrooms and communities.”

TAPAS successfully overcomes two barriers to providing inclusive, high quality arts education; TAPAS creates economic and career enhancing opportunities to talented local artists who are able to provide residencies to teachers and their students, and eliminates poverty as a deterrent to participation in our vibrant arts scene.

All students can be reached through the arts, and many students who cannot otherwise be inspired, can be touched by opportunities to learn about and create art. In a community filled with great artists, our classrooms should be filled with the artistry for which Asheville is known, and every student should have access to learning with artists.

TAPAS provides to our community:

  • Excellent hourly pay for working artists

  • Professional growth for artists interested in arts education

  • Community support and advertising for TAPAS artists

  • Creative insight for teachers

  • Differentiated learning for struggling students

  • Expanded awareness of creative professions

  • Integration of a diverse artist community into a diverse student body

TAPAS Artists are expected to:

  • Have previous experience in art education.

  • Have social skills appropriate for working with children and young adults.

  • Understand Arts Integration through experience or formal study.

  • Knowledge of how to access NC Standards for Education.

  • Capable of being on time and prepared to be flexible with teacher needs.

  • Stay within budget for time and materials.

Timeline, Budget and Payment:

  • Each grant is subject to a budget that includes the artist’s time and materials.

  • Residencies pay $55/hour for a maximum of 3 hours a day, $160.

  • The average residency is between 3-7 days and occur during school time, 8:00AM-2:20PM.

  • Artists are generally awarded 1-2 residencies per year.

  • The TAPAS roster is evaluated annually to ensure quality is being maintained.

  • Artists must invoice at the end of their residency and complete a report to receive payment.

  • Materials costs are generally reimbursed unless approved by ACSF to be paid for in advance.

  • Payment for residencies come directly from the ACSF and are mailed to the artist's home address.

Application Requirements:
Please email Katie Dalton your Resume or CV and complete the application linked above.


Katie Dalton
TAPAS Grant Manager